JOE SMOTHERS + JACK LAWRENCE – Tickets – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC – April 25th, 2017

JOE SMOTHERS + JACK LAWRENCE

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

JOE SMOTHERS + JACK LAWRENCE

Coddle Creek

Tue 4/25

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

$10 adv/$12 dos

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

JOE SMOTHERS
JOE SMOTHERS
Joe Smothers was born in the Piedmont area of North Carolina in 1950. He grew up on barbecue, chili dogs, Brunswick stew and Elvis. Skinny belts and two tones were replaced in 1964 with Chelsea boots, Cuban heels and long hair thanks to the Beatles.

Joe got his first guitar when his mom Betty purchased a Stella at the local pawn shop when he was thirteen. One morning Joe’s dad JM called him to the TV to see a blind guitar player on a local channel in Raleigh, North Carolina. The man’s name was Doc Watson. Little did either one of them know that years down the road Joe would have the honor of becoming a member of Doc and Merle Watson’s band Frosty Morn. Years of touring and more than a dozen albums with Doc, forged a relationship of deep respect. Joe has performed at every Merle Fest (26) and was also asked to be a performer at Doc’s funeral.

Joe also toured extensively with Jack Lawrence. Their duo was Smothers and Lawrence. They recorded an album called Smothers and Lawrence.

Joe chose to stop touring to help raise his son and daughter. He continued to to play in a favorite local band while working as a sales representative for an international casket company.

With the children grown, Joe is again writing and touring in earnest. He recently completed his first CD called These Things I Know. One of the cuts is a song called The Three Buglers. It is a mix of fiction and historical facts on how Taps was written. Joe performed it at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2007. He received first place recognition for this song.

Joe’s voice is strong and pure. His guitar playing is solid. His mastery in song writing keeps your attention from beginning to end.

Today Joe teaches guitar, and tours. He splits his time between homes in Valdosta, Georgia and Cortez, Florida with his wife Marghy.
JACK LAWRENCE
JACK LAWRENCE
Jack Lawrence has been called a "flatpicking powerhouse." His recordings and performances combine exciting, high spirited and innovative guitar solos with tasteful phrasing in his own inventive style. Well known as Doc Watson's partner since the early 1980's, Jack's inspired playing and smooth vocals provide listeners with performances that span musical traditions. Jack grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and his musical odyssey began at age ten when his father took a job as sound engineer for a local music hall. Backstage at the Lake Norman Music Hall, Jack had access to many of the top acts in the Country, Bluegrass and Gospel fields as well as the local R'n'B bands. As a youngster, Jack took this opportunity to meet and learn from some of the finest players in the business. Performers of the day such as Buck Owens, Don Rich, Bill Monroe, Leon Rhodes, George Shuffler, and Flatt and Scruggs exposed Jack to a variety of styles emerging in the 1950's and 60's. From these early experiences, Jack developed his own talents and found his major influences to be Doc Watson, Clarence White and Django Reinhardt. By the late 1960's, Lawrence was playing in local Folk and Bluegrass groups and soaking up as much music on the professional level as possible. An after school job with luthier C.E. Ward in Charlotte proved a tremendous learning ground for the sixteen-year-old. Through Ward's association with Bluegrass Gospel legend Carl Story, Jack started doing guest spots on Carl's TV show and making other public appearances. In 1971, three days after his high school graduation, Lawrence set out on his professional career.

Jack's professional experiences over the next several years provided a wealth of opportunity and associations that continue to fuel his talents today. In the fall of 1971, Lawrence joined one of the pioneer bands of modern bluegrass, The New Deal String Band. Within months, he was off to Louisville, Kentucky to join forces with The Bluegrass Alliance. After a second stint with the New Deal String Band, Jack spent several years honing the electric guitar playing in rock and country bands. In 1978, Jack tired of the rock scene and he teamed with Joe Smothers in a relaxed folk duo. Smothers and Lawrence successfully toured and recorded throughout the country in the 1970's and 80's. Through Joe, Jack met Doc and Merle Watson and he began to tour with Doc in 1983 as Merle pursued other interests. Since that time, Jack has been playing side-by-side with Doc and the opportunity to partner with one of his most important musical influences has been an infinitely rewarding experience. Over the years, the two musicians have developed a brilliant guitar partnership, capitalizing on both their strengths. Lawrence tours extensively with Watson and also as a solo artist throughout the US and Europe. Jack's talents are featured on many of Doc's recordings, including the Grammy winner "On Praying Ground." The solo project "About Time," released in 1997, showcases Jack's amazing guitar style and rich, warm vocals. In 2001, he assembled some of the friends he most admires for an exciting recording project. These sessions resulted in the April 2002 release of "I Don't Need The Whiskey Anymore" featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Williamson, The Del McCoury Band and, of course, his old friend and partner, Doc Watson. Running the gamut from "Honky-Tonk Bluegrass" to "Gut Bucket Blues," this recording documents Jack's musical influences such as Doc, Mississippi John Hurt, Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Allman Brothers.

Jack has three children – now grown-up or "nearly" grown and he is very proud of Matthew, Adam and Jenny. Jack lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina with his wife Katie.
Coddle Creek
Coddle Creek
Coddle Creek is a high energy creekgrass band from the foothills of NC in beautiful Coddle Creek! It's traditional bluegrass music with a kick,we like to play fast and let our light shine bright!!! The sweet harmonies and dueling acoustic guitars of longtime friends Travis Weddington and Adam Lawrence are like no other.

Travis Weddington is from Coddle Creek, NC. He grew up playing traditional bluegrass with his family. Travis then got bit by the blues bug, under the wing of Rusty Barkley in the Part Time Blues Band. Shortly thereafter, Travis started ripping up electric guitar leads for the "improvisational project band Duk Tan”. His vocals songwriting and acoustic guitar licks are the icing on the cake in Coddle Creek.

Adam Lawrence has been playing guitar seriously for almost ten years. His original songs, vocals, and acoustic guitar picking are a large part of the sweet sounds of Coddle Creek. Adam’s influences range from the late Doc Watson and his father, Jack Lawrence playing traditional bluegrass, to progressive blues and most recently jam bands. Adam continues to redefine and create his own style of flat picking traveling and playing different genres of music nationwide.

Dave Mclendon, the veteran musician and long time bass player for Duk Tan, hails from the backwoods of Richfield, NC where you can hear the slapping of the cat gut on the hollow body of a sexy stand up fiddle off in the distance, if all is quiet and you put your ear to the ground...Just listen, you'll hear it...

Mark Schimick, the nationally renown mandolin player for Larry Keel and Natural bridge, was born in Chicago IL and grew up there and in Western North Carolina. In his youth he frequently visited his extended family in Southwestern Virginia (coincidentally, the same area where Larry’s family originates). Like Larry, Mark was exposed at an early age to the music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by listening to the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs on the radio. Starting for the age of 6, Mark pursued formal musical training in sacred choir singing and classical piano. Later he became a drummer in a variety of contemporary music bands. Mark has been playing the mandolin for 13 years, and has rapidly become one of the most versatile and fiery pickers on the acoustic music scene. Moreover, he has a clear and powerful singing voice that can range from high-lonesome to Beatles-esque to Motown-tinged soul. Mark has also been showcasing his talent around the country as a lead singer and drum; sometimes at the same time!

Over the years, Mark has shared the stage with many legends and luminaries such as Sam Bush, Ike Stubblefield, David Grisman, Colonel Bruce Hampton, and Merl Saunders. He has also been in the same band with Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, and Jim Lauderdale. Including 3 solo CD’s so far, he has appeared on numerous projects: 4 of Larry Keel’s recordings since 2002, Songs from the Road Band (with members of Steep Canyon Rangers and Shannon Whitworth Band), the Davisson Brothers Band, saxophonist Jeremy Saunders, and many more. His own CD “Ain’t No Records Spinning” features Larry as well, and was voted in the top 25 Bluegrass releases of 2007 by respected WNCW Radio in Western North Carolina. New musical releases with Mark are: Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s Classic, which is in the top 20 bluegrass releases of 2012 on WNCW; Ryan Eversole’s In the Lowground; Boss Hawg’s Times We Never Knew (release pending), which features Jon Jon Davis, co-songwriter of the song “Take the Time”; and Mud Tea’s Live at the Grey Eagle (release pending), featuring Mark on drum kit and lead vocals.

Lynn Russell, from Kannapolis, NC, is a madman on that dobro! Lynn has laid his path up and down the east coast competing and collaborating at a various number of fiddler's conventions and bluegrass festivals. Lynn has played with his father and life long friends in the Grass Strings Band and they are an amazing traditional group with killer five part vocal harmonies and top notch musicianship. Now that he has filled his cabinet up with trophies and blue ribbons, Lynn is ready to step out and do something just a little different with the Coddle Creek boys!

See y'all at the show!!!
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/

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